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Talking trash: UNECE Framework on Waste Statistics helps countries measure progress towards circular economy

The Conference of European Statisticians Framework on Waste Statistics, published today by UNECE, provides a new perspective on defining and measuring the waste products of our economies.

Every household, enterprise and institution produces waste.

If not properly dealt with, this…

Gender statistics

Strengthening women’s participation in the standards development process, with UNECE guidelines

Taking concerted action on gender equality and inclusion within standards development processes is an important and necessary means of ensuring the adequacy of standards to address sustainable development challenges.

UNECE, with its longstanding history as a convenor of national,…

Multimodal transport

UNECE publishes a package of important standards for the digitalization of multimodal transport data and document exchange

UNECE and its subsidiary body, the UN Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) have finalized and published a set of aligned standards for the digitalization of intermodal transport data exchanges to support global supply chain cargo movements.  

These standards…

air cargo

Latest digital air cargo innovation will accelerate global recovery

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) have completed new digital air cargo technical specifications guidance that will help to accelerate the transition towards safer and more resilient supply chains, while making…


Strengthened UN regulation on emergency braking for trucks and coaches will further increase safety on the road

The number of accidents involving trucks and coaches on the road could soon be reduced with the extension of the use of Advanced Emergency Braking System (AEBS). Initially designed to improve safety on motorways, the scope of UN Regulation No. 131 will be widened to include other road contexts,…


Les Nations unies renforcent leur réglementation sur le freinage d'urgence des camions et des autocars pour accroître la sécurité sur les routes

Le nombre d'accidents de la route impliquant des camions et des autocars sera prochainement réduit grâce à l'extension de l'utilisation des systèmes avancés de freinage d'urgence (AEBS). Conçu initialement pour améliorer la sécurité sur les autoroutes, le champ d'application du règlement n° 131…


More stringent controls of heavy metal emissions enter into force in the UNECE region

Heavy metals such as mercury have led to great harm to human health and the environment, for example in the 1950s in Minamata, Japan, when the release of methylmercury in the industrial wastewater from a chemical factory poisoned many people. Even in smaller quantities, heavy metals released…

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Adapting to the “new normal”: building back better with digital and sustainable trade facilitation

Countries across the globe have made progress on digitalizing international trade formalities during the COVID-19 pandemic, but stronger efforts are needed to facilitate trade for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and other groups and sectors with special needs, according to a report…

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Updated UNECE Road Map guides countries through complexities of measuring and monitoring progress towards SDGs

The second edition of UNECE’s Road Map on Statistics for Sustainable Development Goals, released today, provides comprehensive guidance for countries to help them strengthen their systems for producing and disseminating data on the SDGs.

In 2015 the world embarked on a journey to the…

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Thirty years on, Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics remain the shared foundation of an informed society

2022 marks 30 years since the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics, now a General Assembly-endorsed global standard, were first developed and adopted at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

Created by the Conference of European Statisticians, UNECE’s…

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Transition economies in the UNECE region can harness e-commerce in their post Covid-19 recovery, but many obstacles remain

During the COVID-19 pandemic, driven by the constraints imposed by social distancing measures and restrictions on movement, businesses and consumers in the economies in transition in the UNECE region (e.g. Central Asia, Southern Caucasus, Western Balkans and Eastern Europe) – mirroring global…

Energy gender

Bridging gender disparities will be key to energy sector transition and post-COVID-19 socioeconomic recovery

The transition to sustainable energy has been at the forefront of energy policy in many countries in the recent years. This process has become ever more important in the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and with a strong rebound of GHG emissions in 2021 after some reduction in 2020 when…

air pollution

Entry into force of more stringent regulations on persistent organic pollutants in the UNECE region milestone in air quality and chemical management

Developed in the first half of the 20th century, persistent organic pollutants (POPs) have been regulated or banned as widespread public concern over their toxicological effects for human health and the environment has increased. Research has shown that exposure to POPs can lead to serious…

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Casualties on Zimbabwe’s roads call for stronger political commitment, according to UN road safety review

Zimbabwe’s road crash fatality rate increased from 1,836 in 2016 to an average of 2,000 deaths per year – over 5 deaths per day – from 2017 to 2019, according to the Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe (TSCZ). In reality, this figure may be over three times higher at some 7,000 road deaths per…

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UNECE and FAO join forces on cotton traceability to connect sustainable rural producers in Latin America to global value chains

UNECE and FAO are implementing blockchain tracing technology in cotton supply chains in Latin America. Demand is increasing from consumers for more traceability of their products to the origin and for more transparent sustainability credentials. Yet in countries such as Peru, …


UNECE and Canada mobilize experts to tackle challenges of measuring the circular economy

Governments, businesses and individuals around the world are increasingly recognizing that the way our economies function cannot be sustained if we are to stem the tide of climate change, resource depletion and biodiversity loss and reduce our negative impacts on the environment.  A more…

Industrial accident

In follow-up to the 2020 Beirut port explosion, UN/OECD seminar calls for action to better manage the risks of hazardous substances in port areas and beyond

“The explosion came at a very high cost with over 218 deaths, 6,000 injured, and at least 15 billion USD in destruction to infrastructure. In around 15 minutes Beirut lost over 15 years of development gains. We must learn lessons from this catastrophic disaster, not just for Lebanon but for the…

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Novel Handbook tackles growing water allocation challenges in transboundary basins around the world

Which users may use how much water of a river, lake, aquifer or other source? For what purposes, where and when?

These are the questions which a new Handbook on transboundary ‘water allocation’–which is the process and/or outcome of determining how different stakeholders use water–…

Road Safety

Financing for road safety critically needed to halve 1.3 million annual deaths by 2030, stresses General Assembly discussion

Globally, more than 1.3 million deaths and 50 million injuries are caused by road traffic crashes every year, which are the leading killer of children and young people aged 5 to 29. Over 90% of all road deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, significantly impeding sustainable…


UN Road Safety Fund aims to raise awareness among 1 billion people by 2030 on need for financing to tackle road deaths in low- and middle-income countries

What moments do you live for in your daily life? We all have precious moments that we cherish. Unfortunately, every 24 seconds at least one person has those moments taken away because of a road traffic injury. In 93% of the cases, that person lives in a low- or middle-income…